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Category Archives: Divorce

I had a child while married but my husband is not the father.

Under Texas Law and the Texas Family Code, a child born during a marriage is presumed to be the child of the husband and wife.  This means that the husband of the marriage is presumed to legally be the father, not the biological father. So if a woman gives birth to a child whose father is not her husband, her husband is still presumed to be the father unless additional steps are taken to adjudicate the paternity of the biological father. 

Should I Change My Passwords When Filing For Divorce? LinkedIn?

With the news that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were recently leaked and the fact that internet security breaches are commonplace, the simple answer is YES.   However, simply changing your password doesn’t solve the underlying problem without an increase in the password complexity and frequency of password changes.  Yes, this means we all have to remember more complex passwords and change them more frequently but in the long run more secure passwords will keep your confidential information secure.

My Child’s Father Is Terrible! Can I Have His Rights Terminated?

The termination of parental rights is referred to as the “civil death penalty” because there is nothing worse a Court can do to a person than to legally and permanently remove that person’s parental rights. Because of the severity of termination, it can be difficult to have one’s rights terminated. There must be good cause for a Court to legally remove a child’s parent from its life and there is a process to completing a termination suit.

What Role Does Adultery Play In A Houston Divorce?

Texas is a “no fault state” which means that a person can plead for divorce without alleging that either spouse is somehow responsible for demise of the marriage. One may allege adultery as a ground for filing divorce; however adultery is not a crime in the state of Texas. If you’re hoping your cheating spouse will face criminal repercussions for their actions, it’s not going to happen in Texas. So why would a person plead adultery as a ground for a Houston divorce? There are two main reasons: (1) in order to receive a disproportionate share of the community estate or (2) for reasons related to child custody and conservatorship issues.

You Were Awarded Child Support In Texas, What Next?

So you were awarded child support. What next?

If you are the party awarded child support in Texas, you will understandably want to know when and how you will begin receiving child support payments. This is a multistep process as outlined below.

First, some basic information and terminology. The party awarded child support is known as the Obligee. The party ordered to pay child support is known as the Obligor. All child support payments must be paid to the Child Support Disbursement Unit located in San Antonio. Your final decree or order has a paragraph which states that any informal payments do not constitute as child support. If the money is not paid directly to the Disbursement Unit it is not being counted by the State as child support and the Obligor could be held in contempt for nonpayment. It is very important that all child support payments go through the State first.

FINANCIAL STEPS TO PREPARING FOR DIVORCE

Divorce can be a challenging and emotional time, but preparing for it financially can help make the process smoother. If you are in Houston, Texas and preparing for divorce, it's important to be aware of the specific laws and regulations that apply in the area.

DO’S AND DON’TS OF GETTING DIVORCED

Divorce can be a complex and emotionally charged process and navigating it can be even more challenging if you're unfamiliar with the legal system in your state. For those residing in Texas, it's important to be aware of the specific dos and don'ts to ensure a smooth and fair outcome.